Fear grips AP village as smoke billows from ground

Fear gripped the residents of a village in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh today with smoke coming out of earth on the outskirts of the hamlet.

Last Updated: May 02, 2010, 22:36 PM IST

Hyderabad: Fear gripped the residents of a
village in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh today with
smoke coming out of earth on the outskirts of the hamlet.

The smoke that billowed out of the earth at Gangannapalli
village turned the soil black in the area and a boy complained
of burning sensation after he set his foot there.

The smoke did not stop though fire brigade personnel
poured water on the ground.

Officials reached the spot and policemen searched for any
explosive material in the area which showed nothing untoward.

Meanwhile, geologists from Sri Venkateswara University in
Tirupati visited the village and conducted tests on the soil.

"We have concluded that the smoke is not coming from
inside the earth. It is because of some chemical waste dumped
here. We have also collected the samples. They will be
analysed in a laboratory to find out what are the materials
that caused the smoke. There is no need no panic," a geologist
told reporters.

PTI